Heathrow Terminal 2 timescale

More information is revealed about the future of the site of Heathrow Airport's Terminal 2.

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  1. Penny Silvester

Heathrow's new Terminal 2 'will be on time & on budget'

The new £2.5 billion Terminal Two at Heathrow Airport will be finished on time and within budget. That is the view from aviation officials, with just one year to go to the opening of the new building.

Today management at the airport declared they have learned the lessons of the debacle at Terminal Five when thousands of bags were lost and passengers queued for hours, as the first flights moved to the new terminal. Penny Silvester reports.

The interviewees are: John Holland-Kaye, Development Director; and Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury.

Heathrow Terminal 2 poses 'challenges'

Heathrow bosses today promised to learn the lessons of the disastrous Terminal 5 opening when flights begin from the new £2.5 billion Terminal 2 next year.

The T5 opening in March 2008 proved a disaster, with thousands of bags going astray and long queues for passengers.

Heathrow chiefs said today they had worked hard to learn lessons from the T5 debacle but warned there would still be "challenges" in getting T2 up and running.

We cannot promise that everything will be perfect on day one but we have a lot more experience now having opened T5. But I would not underestimate the challenge we face.

– John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow development director



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